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On Silence and Time

Silence freezes time, holds it in stasis even as we feel the tiny fragments of almost-sounds that mark the abstracted moments that pass by, uncomprehended and undocumented, ripples in a pond, waves in cochlea.  Continue reading

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The Active Sounds of History: Museums as Acoustic Object Collections

I often experience a sensation of temporal simultaneity when visiting museums, a merging of past, present, and future in which my sense of history is seldom linear. Even if the museum’s exhibition designers have organized their collections chronologically, visitors rarely follow their intended path. The actual routes taken by museum visitors often, if not entirely, involve a great number of chance operations in tandem with a curatorial guide who, unavoidably, is only partially in control of the situation. Continue reading